James Randi on Margarita Lopez

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Subject: James Randi on Margarita Lopez
Date: 2 Sep 2005 06:19:24 -0700

http://randi.org/jr/082605charles.html#16

SCIENTOLOGY GETS TAX FUNDS

Back a month ago, the media noted that our administration has chosen to support a dangerous and vindictive "religion," L. Ron Hubbard's "Scientology" farce. Margarita Lopez, a Manhattan, New York, council member successfully lobbied for $630,000 in funding of a controversial Scientology "medical treatment" for rescue workers who worked on the 9/11 disaster, and then received nearly $100,000 in her political campaign account from Hubbard followers.

The "New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project," which based its "therapy" on Hubbard's book, "Clear Body, Clear Mind," called for the rescue workers to abandon traditional medical treatment in favor of large amounts of niacin, long sauna baths and exercise. Hubbard was against all pharmaceuticals and preached "natural" modes of treatment. Of further interest to us is the fact that the "Project" was co-founded by Scientologist Tom Cruise. Questioned about the wisdom of Hubbard's system, Lopez asked, "This is a program that should be funded. Who are the stupid people who are criticizing it?" Well, Ms. Lopez, just about everyone who doesn't believe that intergalactic alien octopi were here billions of years ago imprisoning criminal souls in volcanoes...

Not to our astonishment, the "Project" also has supporters in Congress. Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Charles Rangel have both come out in favor of it and Representatives Vito Fossella and Carolyn McCarthy have requested $1.5 million in federal funds for the New York programs. But, after all, Scientology is a religion, and offers "faith-based" reasons for acceptance, so it must be okay with the White House, right?

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